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If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

Read to Lead Podcas‪t‬ Jeff Brown

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If you believe as I do, that intentional and consistent reading is key to success in business and in life, then this is your podcast. My goal each week is to bring you key thoughts and insights from my conversations with those I consider to be among today's brightest minds: our generation's non-fiction authors. We discuss their latest book, as well as their unique perspectives on Leadership, Business, Personal Development, Marketing, Career, and Entrepreneurship. If you love reading, or desire to do more of it, then consider this podcast your audio Cliff's Notes. The Read to Lead Podcast is a four-time Best Business Podcast nominee.

    316: Could You Survive Shark Tank?

    316: Could You Survive Shark Tank?

    Your business may never appear on the TV show, but following the principles in this book will ensure you avoid the fatal mistakes entrepreneurs often make in the real world.

    • 33 min
    360: Advice for Working Moms from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Joann Lublin

    360: Advice for Working Moms from Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Joann Lublin

    I’ve talked to a ton of writers the last 7 years. But I don’t think I can say I’ve ever spoken with a Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Until now.















    What an honor it is to welcome Joann Lublin to the podcast. She’s a former Wall Street Journal career columnist and shared the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for her writing on corporate scandals.







    She’s coming on to talk about her new book called Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and Life. In the book, Joann compares two generations of women – boomers and GenXers – to examine how each navigates the emotional and professional challenges involved in juggling managerial careers and families.







    There’s a lot here for not only moms, but dads and leaders of all stripes.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Joann and her Pulitzer Prize-winning work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Joann about:







    * Why she believes in Work-Life Sway over Work-Life Balance* Examples of companies who have “stepped-up” with regard to working moms and dads* Not-so-obvious parenting skills that can be an asset to leaders* And plenty more!







    Joann’s New Book







    You can order your copy of Power Moms: How Executive Mothers Navigate Work and LIfe right now.







    Consider Pre-Ordering My New Book Too!







    Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career by Jeff Brown and Jesse Wisnewski, coming August 31, 2021!







    Books Joann Recommends







    Look Homeward Angel by Thomas Wolfe







    Call It Sleep by Henry Roth







    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott







    Check Out These Additional Resources







    Grab a copy of Joann’s book now.







    Visit Joann’s website to learn more about her and her work.







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    • 32 min
    359: How to Make Your Family Business Last with Mitzi Perdue

    359: How to Make Your Family Business Last with Mitzi Perdue

    When it comes to the people I appreciate the most, it is those who go out of their way to make introductions to people with common goals.















    One such person is former guest and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Mark Victor Hansen.







    Mark was kind of enough to introduce me recently to his friend Mitzi Perdue. She is a prolific author in her own right, having written numerous books. She’s also the widow of the late Frank Perdue of Perdue Chicken, and daughter of the co-founder of the Sheraton Hotel chain. To say she’s qualified to discuss the successful leading of family businesses is an understatement.







    That’s why I’m so glad Mitzi agreed to come on the show with me to talk about her 2017 book called How to Make Your Family Business Last.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Mitzi and her work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Mitzi about:







    * How to make sure you’re putting family first* Using traditions to strengthen family bonds* Why you should consider creating an Ethical Will* And plenty more!







    Mitzi’s New Book







    You can order your copy of How to Make Your Family Business Last right now.







    Consider Pre-Ordering My New Book Too!







    Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career by Jeff Brown and Jesse Wisnewski, coming August 31, 2021!







    Books Mitzi Recommends







    Stand and Deliver: How to Become a Masterful Communicator and Public Speaker by Dale Carnegie Training







    Check Out These Additional Resources







    Grab a copy of Mitzi’s book now.







    Learn more about inviting Mitzi to be a guest speaker at your next event.







    Connect with Mitzi personally on Twitter and LinkedIn.







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    • 30 min
    358: Resilient By Nature with former NFL Great Reggie Williams

    358: Resilient By Nature with former NFL Great Reggie Williams

    It’s not often that you get to talk with a truly great player from your favorite sport. In fact, I can only think of one time I’ve had a conversation with a current or former NFL player















    As of today, I’ve now increased my ratio by 100% as today’s episode features my conversation with former Cincinnati Bengal Reggie Williams.







    Reggie published his first book back in September called Resilient By Nature: Reflections from a Life of Winning Both On and Off the Football Field. Both in the book and in our conversation, you’ll learn of the ups and downs of life in the NFL, the struggle to realize this dream, his eventual move to working for Disney, and much more.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Reggie and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







    Join in on our chat below















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    In today’s episode, I ask Reggie about:







    * What the city of Cincinnati taught him about principals and character* His vision of authenticity while in his role at Disney* The role his mother played in instilling in him a love for reading* And plenty more!







    Reggie’s New Book







    You can order your copy of Resilient By Nature: Reflections From a Life of Winning On and Off the Football Field right now.







    Consider Pre-Ordering My New Book Too!







    Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career by Jeff Brown and Jesse Wisnewski, coming August 31, 2021!







    Reggie in Action



















    Books Reggie Recommends







    The books of Mohammed Ali







    Check Out These Additional Resources







    Grab a copy of Reggie’s book now.







    Learn more about inviting Reggie to be a guest speaker at your next event.







    Connect with Reggie personally on Twitter.







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    • 26 min
    357: The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias with Pamela Fuller

    357: The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias with Pamela Fuller

    I think you would likely agree with the idea that most of us are good people with good intentions. We make our decisions based on facts.















    Thing is, there’s more at play than we realize. Our brains are naturally filtering, sorting and shortcutting to make sense of the information we receive every day. We’re constantly making bias decisions. That’s what humans do.







    Only by bringing them to the surface can we address them. The good news is, using the skills in a new book co-authored by Pamela Fuller called The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias, any leader can build a more inclusive, high-performing culture where everyone can contribute their best.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Pamela’s methods and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







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    In today’s episode, I ask Pamela about:







    * The idea that to be human is to have bias* The reality that unconscious bias is something we’ll need to continually manage and address* We’ll dig into the various zones of the FranklinCovey Performance Model* And plenty more!







    Pamela’s New Book







    You can order your copy of The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias right now.







    Consider Pre-Ordering My New Book Too!







    Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career by Jeff Brown and Jesse Wisnewski, coming August 31, 2021!







    Pamela in Action



















    Books Pamela Recommends







    The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias by Dolly Chugh







    Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi







    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (30th Anniversary Edition) by Stephen R. Covey







    Check Out These Additional Resources







    Grab a copy of Pamela’s book now.







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    • 28 min
    356: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking with Michael J. Gelb

    356: Mastering the Art of Public Speaking with Michael J. Gelb

    If there’s one skill I enjoy learning more about, it’s the skill to communicate effectively, whether written or verbal communication.















    So much so that when a new book comes along on the topic of public speaking, I’m almost certain to dive into it. The ability to deliver your messages in an understandable and memorable way is a skill I believe every leader should study and master.







    A great place to start is with Michael J. Gelb’s new book called Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career.







    Seventy-four percent of Americans, according to Michael, suffer from glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. In fact, even top professional speakers and accomplished actors experience butterflies before presenting. They never eliminate the butterflies; they just teach them how to fly in formation.







    I hope you’ll click the play button below to learn more about Michael’s methods and his work. For a summary, just keep scrolling.







    Join in on our chat below















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    In today’s episode, I ask Michael about:







    * What makes his book stand out from all the previous books written on the topic* How using mindmaps for creating your talk can make all the difference* The difference between people understanding and remembering your message, and why you need both* And plenty more!







    Michael’s New Book







    You can order your copy of Mastering the Art of Public Speaking right now.







    Consider Pre-Ordering My New Book Too!







    Read to Lead: The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career by Jeff Brown and Jesse Wisnewski, coming August 31, 2021!







    Michael in Action



















    Books Michael Recommends







    Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl







    Toward a Psychology of Being by Abraham H. Maslow







    The Courage to Create by Rollo May







    Check Out These Additional Resources







    Visit Michael’s website for more on him and his work.

    • 32 min

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472 Ratings

472 Ratings

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The Charlie Rose of podcasting

Love not only the quality of guests Jeff has but the quality of the show overall. If you have any interest in learning from high achievers then this podcast is a must.

Mark Colgan ,

A must-listen for those who want to be great leaders

The perspectives Jeff and his guests offer are incredible. I highly recommend this show! Thanks Jeff!

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Long Time listener

Remember listening, while driving to pick up my daughter at UNR, back when the episode count was in the double digits. This podcast has provided me years of insight and motivation. And has inspired me to purchase a number of excellent books.
This is one of the best and most beneficial podcasts available.

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